At what point did healthcare become about the less about what’s best for the patient and more about the business of delivering care and maximizing revenues? It’s easy to blame the insurance companies (and they certainly deserve their share of criticism), but the profit motive is certainly alive and well with healthcare delivery professionals. Patients are overbooked and herded through waiting rooms. We get very little time with the actual doctor/dentist and it often feels like they are seeking the shortest/easiest route to a diagnosis.
It’s Friday afternoon. The weather is beautiful. Mother’s Day is on Sunday. Life is good. My recommendation is keep it that way. If you are carrying around stress from work – leave it there. Monday will be here soon enough. In business you need to be able to turn it on and turn it off otherwise the pressure will seem never ending. And if you are not careful this becomes a way of life.
This is a new feature I am going to be testing with my blog given my love of music and the emotional connection it has to my life and work. In my personal and professional opinion, …
We’ve all heard the saying that “…you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The same thing could be said about betting everything on one major product/service line or depending too much on a small group of clients. Just as diversification is essential to managing financial investment risk, business leaders need to hedge their bets and manage their financial vulnerabilities.
Technology is just a tool. It is not and end in and of itself. We are connected as people now more than ever before (which is a good thing). There are certainly times when it is extremely useful and leads to great enjoyment, discovery and as evidenced lately wide scale societal change. However, it can also be all encompassing and a distraction.
I know a lot of people get tired of sports metaphors for business and life, but they can still sometimes ring true. Everything Aaron did well is applicable in our personal and professional lives. I didn’t really have a horse in this race as a fan. I just wanted to see a good game and my expectations were exceeded. We also observed one of the best leadership performances I can remember in a long time on a football field (and during the two weeks leading up to the game).
I’ve written a number of times about the need that all of us have for personal validation and acknowledgement. A simple way to do this is to look someone in the eye, actually listen to what they say and smile when it is appropriate.
The truth in life is that every person you lead, manage, do business with or meet is an individual. We all are unique like snowflakes with each us different in some way, shape or form. Experts often try to categorize people or attempt to make it easy to interpret/predict their actions and motivations, but it is never quite that simple.
We all need to be inspired every once in awhile. Leaders especially need to find sources of inspiration because the very nature of their role is to inspire others. There are many ways to trigger inspiration but you must always find it within yourself.
I have only ever really been a “dog” person when it comes to pets. In my humble opinion, they are the rare pet that actually brings out our better nature and ends up teaching us things about life. There are three things in particular that “Buddy” and his predecessors have taught me: 1) the power of unconditional love; 2) the importance of loyalty and trust in our relationships; and 3) managing the inevitability of grief and loss in life.
I sincerely hope your homes are filled with love, friendship and joy this holiday season. And, in the midst of all the unnecessary consumerism that accompanies the holiday, I wish for you moments of clarity and peace around what’s truly important in your life. I also pray your hearts are filled with compassion and charity for those who are less fortunate.
A well functioning democracy requires the active participation of its citizenry. To be actively involved, one must take the time to become informed and make reasonable judgments as to who best represents their interests and is most qualified to fulfill the needs of their community, county, state and country.
Your role is what you make of it – there are no excuses when you are in charge
Think like an orchestra conductor – get all the different pieces working together in harmony
A mother is a very special person not just in a family, but in a school system and society at large. A good mom can make all the difference in a life.